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Tegan and Sara Announce First Memoir

High School Due Out in Fall 2019 via MCD

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Tegan and Sara, sisters Tegan and Sara Quin, have announced their first memoir. It’s entitled High School and is due out in fall 2019 via MCD, a division of Farrar, Straus & Giroux (and Simon & Schuster in Canada and Virago in the UK). It is “the origin story of Tegan and Sara” and recounts their high school years, with alternating chapters written by each sister. The band will also be entering the studio next year to record their ninth album.

Here’s how a press release describes the book: “High School is the revelatory and unique coming-of-age story of the identical twins from Calgary, Alberta. It follows Tegan and Sara as they grew amid grunge and rave culture in the ‘90s, well before they became the celebrated musicians and global LGBTQ icons we know today. While grappling with their identity and sexuality, often alone, they also faced academic meltdown, their parents’ divorce, and the looming pressure of what might come after high school. Written in alternating chapters from both Tegan’s point of view and Sara’s, the book is a raw account of the music, drugs, alcohol, love and friendship they explored in their formative years. A transcendent story of first loves and first songs, it captures the tangle of discordant and parallel memories of two sisters who grew up in distinct ways even as they lived just down the hall from one another. This is the origin story of Tegan and Sara.”

Tegan and Sara offered this joint statement about the book: “How did you start your band? When did you know that you were gay? What were you like before Tegan and Sara? We have spent 20 years answering those complicated questions with simple answers. Writing High School gives us the opportunity to tell the intricate stories that shaped our relationship as sisters, musicians, and queer girls.”

The press release included the below photo of the sisters in high school.

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December 15th 2018

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